The central character of A Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly London-based moneylender,  described in the story as "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!"  Kelly writes that Scrooge may have been influenced by Dickens's conflicting feelings for his father, who he both loved and demonised. This psychological conflict may be responsible for the two radically different Scrooges in the tale—one a cold, stingy and greedy semi-recluse, the other a benevolent, sociable man.  Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, the professor of English literature , considers that in the opening part of the book covering young Scrooge's lonely and unhappy childhood, and his aspiration for money to avoid poverty "is something of a self-parody of Dickens's fears about himself"; the post-transformation parts of the book are how Dickens optimistically sees himself. 
I’m wild about sweet tea and I have a thing for globes and maps. I love color and words and my house has a lot of both. I’m parenting teens and a tween with my husband slash best friend of more than 20 years. I’m the founder of Mercy House and Fair Trade Friday and sometimes I write books. I love traveling and experiencing new cultures, trying new foods, and I’m a big fan of all things fair trade. I share my broken and beautiful story in my memoir, Rhinestone Jesus , and I share how it’s changed the way we parent in Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World . My life is messy and redeemed and I’m grateful for the chance to live it.
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